Rockefeller encourages FTC on Do Not Track: Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) encouraged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to continue participating in discussions over a Do Not Track feature.
He noted that some industry groups have questioned the FTC's involvement in deliberations at the World Wide Web Consortium.
He added that the current self-regulatory regime is "ineffective," and that the government should do more to empower Internet users to opt-out of tracking.
FTC chief expected to step down: There is increasing chatter in Washington that Jon Leibowitz is likely to step down as chairman of the FTC sometime after the election.
Leibowitz has served on the commission since 2004 and has been chairman of the agency since 2009. In March, the Senate confirmed Leibowitz to a second term as chairman.
Asked by The Hill on Wednesday about his plans, Leibowitz said he loves his job, but declined to comment further.
But one person who has spoken to Leibowitz directly about his plans said the chairman intends to step aside late this year or early next year and head to the private sector.
T-Mobile, MetroPCS agree to merger: Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, agreed to buy MetroPCS on Wednesday, a move that will solidify T-Mobile's standing as a national competitor in the wireless marketplace.
MetroPCS shareholders will receive $1.5 billion in cash and 26 percent ownership of the combined company, which will keep the T-Mobile name.
Regulators crack down on tech support scam: The FTC, in cooperation with foreign regulators, announced a crackdown Wednesday against an international telemarketing scam.
Officials said the scammers, based mostly in India, placed thousands of calls to consumers in English-speaking countries. The callers claimed to be from major companies, including Microsoft, Dell, McAfee and Norton, and told consumers that they had detected malicious files on their computers.